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america's drone campaign which has taken hundreds of innocent lives despite u.s. claims that very few civilians come under fire. with my grandma everything became. a pakistani girl who survived a u.s. drone attack travels to washington to tell congress what was destroyed and her grandmother killed. isn't satisfied with washington's explanation of n.s.a. surveillance allegations germany wants edward snowden himself to shed some light on reports of a chancellor's phone being tapped. brazil.
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is going to repeat its. video agency speaks to n.s.a. leaks reporter glenn greenwald who is skeptical that america will stop its surveillance anytime soon. and behind the barbed wire r t travels to the notorious guantanamo bay detention camp where the military denies that the facilities dark reputation meyer to buy alleged torture suicides is anywhere close to reality. and broadcasting live from our studios in moscow recapping the week's top stories this is our team thomas glad to have you with us. a pakistani family that witnessed a cia drone strike which killed the grandmother headed to washington this week to
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testify before congress. it was at the emotional briefing where family members asked two u.s. lawmakers why their home was targeted in the deadly attack. this was the first time actual victims of u.s. drone strikes were in congress and apart from the congressman who initiated this briefing i saw only four other members of congress it's no secret the u.s. congress generally approves of growth strikes so it's very difficult to expect the sudden change of heart even though hart was with these drone victims were appealing through on appeal with twenty fourth of last year a u.s. drone strike left this pakistani family devastated the nine year old girl and her thirteen year old brother nearly escaped death that day their sixty seven year old grandmother was killed that's the building pardon me i no longer love blue skies i prefer the gray skies the drones do not fly when this kinds agree and for a short period of time the mental time and fear eases between this the dreams
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return and so does the fear you know this family has never been abroad out of their home in north waziristan and the father of this family said he looked at the life around here. he wished his children to be able to walk the streets not afraid of being bombed at any moment. my mother was killed my children were injured i'm so glad that people are going to hear our story that's why we came to america we have no idea what village in my house was talking to. the family came to washington of course hoping to get answers to why they have to live in fear every day i have no idea why my grandmother was when the drone hit i was outside with my grandmother everything became dark i was scared so i started to run then i noticed my hand was bleeding so i tried to clean my hand but a lot kept coming out but i was very scared so i just kept running. we also learned that the u.s. government did not grant peace to the lawyer of this family prominent practice any
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lawyer who has sued the cia in the past on behalf of the victims of drone strikes in pakistan four hundred fifty thousand population of. you know concentration. being picked on this is what kind of to be shown has long been for someone driving. s.u.v.s but this is being targeted and at the same time to be in a position to leave the purpose of this briefing was to put a human face to drone strikes there's a chance that in congress the tragedy of this family will fall on deaf ears but there is hope that the public will take notice in washington. according to the united states the three hundred seventy six drone attacks which have been carried out over the past decade have claimed few civilian lives but local reports indicate at least nine hundred innocent people including two hundred children have
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been killed in pakistan documentary filmmaker robert greenwald took the story of the raymond family as inspiration for his latest movie and says the public just doesn't understand the consequences of drones. people want to believe in santa claus and they also want to believe that there is a simple solution to these incredibly complicated problems when we started reading that the drones were killing only high value targets represented an imminent threat it doesn't make sense it's just not possible so i think there was a kind of hopefulness yes finally we found a magic pill which was part of it some of it is the fact that american soldiers warrant there so people said it doesn't matter as important is that you know the families seeking to all kinds of americans people have a mother will have a father and who look at them and can't justify the killing that we've done and then you have this extraordinary militarily industrial electoral complex bipartisan
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that agrees that the way to solve problems is by invading occupying and drawing we have to change all over this week of the u.s. drone program has also dealt a blow to the peace process in the country a strike killed the country's taliban leader just a day before a government delegation was set to start negotiations with the group the nation is now on high security alert over fears militants could retaliate pakistan's interior minister accused washington of sabotaging efforts to end of the violence a local expert told r.t. he believes it's the pakistani people who will pay the price. the prime minister of pakistan was in washington d.c. only a week back and he had spoken to president obama taken him into confidence regarding the dialogue process and it also made a request for the drone attacks to stop because it. had made it if precondition that the drone attacks must come to an end before they come to the dialogue table
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but instead of the drone attacks being stop they continued so i knew what he was going to suffer it is going to be the people of pakistan and not the us the united states does not have the right to be judge jury and executor all rolled into one without any authority. and the e.u. delegation and a separate group from germany were in washington this week to try and find out more about the n.s.a.'s alleged spying activities but the diplomats and i mean pieces didn't get the answers they were looking for the e.u. group failed to get any clarification on reports that world leaders were spied on and whether or not the white house knew about it it remains to be seen what actions europe will take now after relations with washington took a serious hit germany has been fuming over allegations that angle of merkel's phone could have been tapped since two thousand and two three years before she became chancellor one of the country's m.p.'s wants edward snowden to testify on the matter because he doesn't trust u.s.
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intelligence officials. basically. i think it's important to work together with mr snowden rather than putting him in prison we'd like more clarity on these allegations and we want to make sure something like this doesn't happen again snowden worked for many years for the cia and n.s.a. so i'm sure you can tell us everything we need to know about the leaked documents because as we've seen the n.s.a. has been very scarce with providing information and i also think that the organization including n.s.a. chief keith alexander aren't always being truthful they once claimed they'll never break german laws on their surveillance operations but tapping the chancellor's phone is not legal that's why i have trouble trusting u.s. intelligence officials. american security officials and policymakers have been placing the blame on each other over who is responsible for organized global surveillance here is u.s. secretary of state john kerry explaining why the white house didn't know what
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exactly the n.s.a. was doing. so they do happen in a lot of the. technology is there it is there over the course of a lot. ok now that statement doesn't match up with the explanation given by the n.s.a. chief though keith alexander said his agency was being told who to spy on by policymakers including u.s. ambassadors despite the ongoing surveillance scandal and what seems like a rift between u.s. intelligence and of the state department nothing will change that's what the man who has been releasing these n.s.a. leaks glenn greenwald told our teaser ruptly video agency. who she knew brazil and germany and france and india and now speaking of course in the united states is going to repeat itself continuously for the next several weeks or months and almost every country around the world be very clear objective of b.s.a.
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is to not just go after all this but to keep it for as long as they can and so the big any time target if you're a citizen newspaper and you want to also learn everything they've been doing in terms of who they've been communicating with. edward snowden meanwhile explained why he gave out these n.s.a. documents in the first place let's take a look at his manifesto of truth published in germany's spiegel magazine as the name implies the n.s.a. whistleblower insisted that people who tell the truth are not committing any crime but some governments don't feel that way according to snowden he blames them for unprecedented campaigns of persecution in response to the leaks the manifesto says society has a moral obligation to ensure that there are laws which limits surveillance and protect human rights ultimately snowden is glad his leaks led to a debate over surveillance which could create reforms and the much sean was a whistleblower within m i five and thinks that the problem is that current
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legislation isn't keeping up with advanced spying technology. who is actually breaking the law here because all the ground that east my agent she saved legally allowed to spy on the who appear to be very dubious. decade is here technological scale. and the new technology has allowed that to happen and the laws which is supposed to be democratic and how we are spied on are just not keeping up the twentieth century and now we're dealing with twenty first century tech. and later in the program syria takes one more step toward being free of chemical weapons with the successful destruction of all its a production facilities shortly we take a look at the disarmament challenges that still lie ahead for the war torn country . eight months and over
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a dozen guantanamo bay inmates still remain on hunger strike protesting their indefinite detention and the alleged use of torture camps staffers force feeding those refusing to eat a procedure that has been described as brutal and extremely painful. to travel to the new tories prison to investigate what is really happening there. one time every morning at eight am the u.s. national anthem erupts across the beast that holds america's most scandalous prison no one likes to be spit on no one wants to have their own on torture hunger strikes and suicides have marred this place since two thousand and two and they're human beings after all there's no reason to expect that they enjoy being here you know we pretend otherwise prisoners held indefinitely in the name of the never ending war on terror where the innocent or guilty is not our job right now we have the court system determined that in just over a decade a total of seven hundred seventy nine prisoners the majority released without
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charges today one hundred sixty four remain over half of them cleared for release but still kept locked up. on the other side of the barbed wire. life is a blast. of water and it's nice there's nothing really bad about here just like any common american town now is awfully scared to come here but i mean it's absolutely beautiful place when you get around other stuff getting around the other stuff is not hard a lot of what goes on here is kept under a thick veil of denial and secrecy camp delta house as a hospital and library and this is also the place where patients are force fed and even though the hunger strike is largely and officially said to be over we know that at least fifteen people are continually being force fed here today a tube is passed down through a person's nostril and pushed all the way down to their stomach before it's passed
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down the nose we lubricate it in we give the patient a choice do they want to have the key which is the agent who will numb the area or if they want olive oil to lubricate the tube. most of our patients have been using olive oil you seem to like it in fact some of our patients are so used to this they will describe which nostril they want this while major world medical bodies are in agreement that for speeding is not ethical and should not be practiced the force feeding them i've got my clients of experience to guantanamo they've certainly described it as torture the restraint chair that they're strapped into they actually call the torture chair an arabic force feeding takes up to forty five minutes and is performed twice a day the patients that had the civilian world have said it feel strange i've never heard of. i have not heard that good move fishes are beyond nonchalant about the highly criticized practice you might feel differently from the way i might feel it
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uncomfortable has been the most of it i have heard but they don't even believe in what this thing anymore because they know it's. stupid i volunteer that the procedure be demonstrated on me request declined the prisoners who've not met one another and speak different languages keep saying the same thing that we were tortured rube used. tied. to the chair legs to the ground. strap across and they forced in a tube into our noses never in thirteen years have detainees been allowed to speak directly to a journalist while remaining it gets only leaking statements through the years they would love nothing more than to sit down with journalist and just tell them you know about their daily lives but communicating seems to only occur here if someone was it a point where maybe they had been verbalizing a lot of hopelessness we were immediately intervene and try to assist that person to make sure that there wasn't any thoughts of may be wanting to
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harm themselves or end their lives with charts like these often used to pinpoint patients despair you'll ask them how do you feel right now and they'll be able to point to it we have not had a patient in this area. thank heavens meanwhile six suicides and dozens of suicide attempts have taken place at the detention facility we haven't seen any autopsies the u.s. government hasn't released any formal reports or findings we're now inside two active camps at guantanamo camp five fold single cells where the so-called less compliant detainees are held camp number six is one filled with communal cells when officials. behave better there will be rewarded by being allowed to live in groups while detainees are kept away from what we witness are clean empty prison cells with cozy pajamas colgate toothpaste and maximum security shampoos paraded in front of journalists as proof everything is so much better here than any silly horror
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stories we all have heard. cuba. and we always have more news waiting for you on our website including a story where britain has scrapped a plan to force people from india pakistan and south african countries to make a deposit of over three thousand pounds for visas website you can read more on that policy caused outrage at home and abroad. plus new name new life airline proposed for some swedish citizens to change their name to klaus heidi and in return would help them set up a new life in berlin you can. learn why this wacky ad campaign trail. this week in syria passed a milestone in its chemical disarmament successfully destroying on time all the production facilities. of all its existing stockpiles is now scheduled to be
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completed by the end of june but it's clear reports from damascus meeting that deadline could be a major challenge. dangerous and dirty that's how the nobel prize committee described the work of chemical weapons inspectors inside syria not to mention a brutally tight deadline october twenty five damascus provides a detailed plan of its chemical weapons stockpiles done october twenty seven foreign inspectors visited all declared sites missed. syria finishes destroying all equipment used in the production and mixing of poison gas and nerve agents don we should eliminate i mean what are we but you know this is a very complicated process complications filled by so called security concerns and that's the reason why one deadline already has been missed one of the biggest problems between faces is how to access sites in rebel controlled areas so far the rebels have been unwilling to cooperate and inspectors have managed to visit twenty
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one of twenty three sites and although they haven't proven he blamed the rebels damascus insists it's doing its share until. both. sides being visited are under government control and we hope those who are controlling the. groups to. implement what they are expected to implement it's the most difficult mission if undertaken by the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons destroying a country's chemical weapons stockpile in the midst of a civil war. syria actually stopped producing chemical weapons in one thousand nine hundred eight as a possessed alternatives that can be a strategic substitution and are not in conflict with international law but none of this answers the reason why foreign inspectors are in damascus in the first place a chemical attack on august twenty first in which hundreds of people were killed up to rockets with sarin gas fired at damascus as suburbs those responsible austerlitz
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knowledge the next deadline in the destruction of syria's chemical weapons program is the middle of next year by then damascus must have destroyed or removed its entire stockpile and ambitious timeline in very difficult circumstances policy r t damascus. the head of the syrian opposition coalition says that they will only attend the geneva peace conference if there is a set time frame for bashar al assad to step down and if iran is not present the talks rebel groups have been accused of hampering the disarmament efforts middle east analyst sharmeen are one explains why they might be against damascus is apparent will to cooperate on the chemical weapons issue. but there is that evidence that rebels have some their hands on some chemical weapons we've certainly seen in iraq and turkey rebels being apprehended with chemical agents components of chemical weapons in their possession. really important point and this is something
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i heard from a syrian government official earlier this year the syrian government has for some time now viewed chemical weapons as a liability and a burden precisely for these reasons because potentially rebels could get their hands on small amounts of these chemical agents and use them across the border in israel or turkey to then justify a military attack against the syrian government so they have been quite pleased that the international community has come together to in fact to rid them of these weapons so that excuse no longer exists. so to look at some other world news for you this hour at least nine people have been killed by a string of insurgent attacks targeting security forces across iraq in the central city of book three police officers died and scores were injured after three suicide bombers blew themselves up one after another the surge in violence over recent months has claimed thousands of victims with authorities struggling to contain the bloodshed despite wide ranging operations and tightened security.
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at least seven people including one child have died after a ferry capsized off the coast of thailand in the popular resort of the tire among the victims are three russian citizens one chinese man and three. time nationals there are reports that up to two hundred were on board the vessel even though the maximum capacity is one hundred fifty the accident is being blamed on an engine problem which forced passengers to rush to one side of the boat causing it to flip . or. leaders of a self rule movement in eastern libya have declared the formation of an autonomous regional government the move is a symbolic blow to efforts by libyan authorities to reopen eastern oil ports and fields blocked since the summer by rebels tripoli has rejected the declaration comes several months after the movement declared the country's eastern half to be an independent state claiming broad powers and control over resources.
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israel has issued tenders to build over eight hundred new settler homes in the west bank and east jerusalem construction is expected to start within a few months after the winning bid chosen palestinians have rejected angrily the move threatening to go to the united nations security council over the issue head of u.s. secretary of state john kerry's separate meetings with the leaders of both sides to push them towards peace talks. in nigeria gunmen attacked a wedding convoy killing at least thirty people the group came under fire on a highway when they were returning to the nation's capital after the ceremony in a nearby state authorities say islamic extremists are suspected of carrying out the violent attacks are frequent in the country's northeast where the government has
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launched an offensive to end the insurgency by the militant group boko haram. rental prices across england have recently hit a record high in the nation's capital the average monthly cost exceeds what many londoners can afford. visited a charity organization which is trying to tackle the issue by buying steel containers from china and adapting them into tiny low cost homes. when it just. political housing one london. thinking. but when it comes to the solution. that can meet them i pads shipping container. renting in long. expensive in one think. we're going to go. and see what this is all about.
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you know how. they feel very much how they go yes this is my palace yeah this is the mine pat as you can see we've got a desk here inside the my pants been designed to provide these who need it most with affordable independent living and just seventy five pounds a week than my pad certainly cheap by london standards i think it's difficult for everybody right now to get. comfortable accommodation and a good price without you know pay and extortion and lots of the projects the brainchild of timothy paying you think this is essentially this is a shipping container from china this is a strip of. this cover over a great big boat the projects already received planning permission and funding is expected to come from the greater london authority initially this project will be soley for young people the charity works with society just takes the. place
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a copy after months of them because the moment they get into work they can't afford to live in a hostel on the corner for to live anywhere else because doesn't make any moral or any economic sense. as an idea. is brilliantly innovative it's been designed as a quick fix now there's planning permission for thirty more things to be built next year but predictions say that if bracing continues at its current rate of building them by twenty twenty and we face a shortfall of two million homes in the case you can see the scale of the problem and it's why what started out as a local temporary solution could end up becoming a more permanent fixture so our city london. the world's first bit coin a.t.m. was opened in the canadian city of vancouver this week the machine allows users to
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exchange their cyber currency into cash and vice versa let's now take a look at how it all works basically it is a currency used for online transactions and to make it work clients set up web wallets hiding their names behind a digital code banks middlemen and tax agencies are all left out of the process reducing fees but the payment can still be traced next you choose whether to shop online using bitcoins or sell them for any physical currency such as the dollar or euro coins are collected through a process called mining which is basically a chain of computers cracking codes and getting coins in exchange but it's not all clear sailing last month the f.b.i. shut down the online black market silk road seizing nearly thirty million dollars worth of bitcoins jeffrey albert tucker from the foundation for economic education calls the currencies rise simply spectacular. a year ago this time i thought it was
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insane i mean i thought well this is just another technology you know they come along every few days and they flame out so i'm a fairly recent convert the more i look into the more confident i get into the future of the monetary system is crude talk of free and this kind of crypto market based currency it's quite spectacular and i tell you it only use it only takes a few times using bricklin to realize this is incredibly easy it's move much much easier than credit cards and there's no danger of fraud or identity theft or all these other things that come with the old fashioned credit card system it's just pure technology. coming up it's worlds apart with host boyko but before we go here are some of the week's images from the olympic flame record breaking journey across russia with less than one hundred days before the winter games in sochi olympic flame is continuing its ambitious relay it's already been to the
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north pole and in just a few days will blast off for the international space station that will be cool the torch is passing through towns and cities of the world's biggest country currently touring russia's north don't forget at r.t. dot com there's a full selection of videos and photos from the olympic flames marathon. technology innovation all these developments from around russia. the future of coverage. shifting sands and alliances advances and reversals outside military interventions in stalemate.
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